The Trump administration is exploring ways to pay for the border wall along the Mexico-US border. Because Mexico will not pay for it, and the initial plan to pay with tariffs that would fall on U.S. citizens was widely criticized, the administration is exploring cutting government services, in particular those relating to other border security.
These proposed cuts include budgets for the Coast Guard, airport security, and emergency response funds, all of which could diminish border readiness and national security. Critics were quick to point out the incongruity of the proposal.
I’m lost: if Trump is keeping his promises, Mexico pays for the wall. So why is he considering massive cuts to Coast Guard & TSA to fund it?
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) March 9, 2017
According to the Washington Post, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) created the budget cutting proposal.
It would remove $1.3 billion of the Coast Guard’s $9.1 billion budget, more than $500 million from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and over $370 million of the budget for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
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